7- Nintendo Shows off Virtual Boy (1995)
Poor Gunpei Yokoi. The creator of the acclaimed Metroid series, as well as the Game Boy hardware, had but one serious misstep during his tenure at Nintendo. That mistake was the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's ill-conceived virtual reality console that gave gamers headaches and gave Nintendo its first and only console flop. At E3 1995, Yokoi was on the show floor demoing the soon-to-be-discontinued system, with the product and its producer being all but ignored while the attendees focused on the Nintendo 64. He left Nintendo the next year, and he died in a tragic accident a year later.